M/23/006 – Dawn Meats/Kildare Chilling

Transaction details

The proposed acquisition by Dawn Meats Ireland Unlimited Company of sole control of Kildare Chilling Unlimited Company has been cleared by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

Notification date Decision date
Tuesday February 7, 2023 Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Parties Involved Business activities
Dawn Meats Ireland Unlimited Company

Dawn Meats Ireland Unlimited Company (“Dawn Meats Ireland”), is part of the Dawn Meats group of companies (“Dawn Meats”). The Dawn Meats group is ultimately owned by QDB Holdings IOM Unlimited (“QDB”).

Dawn Meats’ activities in Ireland consist of slaughtering, primary processing (deboning), further processing of meat products and rendering of waste products. Dawn Meats operates seven sites across the State, focusing in particular on beef processing. Dawn Meats also has production and sales operations in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.

Dawn Meats currently markets its products under a variety of brands in Ireland, including Black Angus, Red Hereford, Charolais Gold, Nature’s Meadow, West Cork Beef, Dawn Chef and The Premium Butcher.

Kildare Chilling Company Unlimited Company

Kildare Chilling Unlimited Company is active in slaughtering, processing (deboning) cattle and sheep and selling the resulting fresh meat cuts and by-products.

Kildare operates from a single site in Kildare town.

Kildare markets its meat products under the Kildara and Heritage Town brands.

Economic sector Media merger
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (primary and processing) No
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Monday, February 20, 2023 Friday, July 14, 2023
Date of Requirement for Information Date Information Received
Monday, March 20, 2023 Friday, May 12, 2023
Current status: Completed
Cleared (Phase 2)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details
Craig Whelan


Media enquiries: communications@ccpc.ie

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